“I Would Trade Kyle Kuzma for A..”: NBA Analyst Takes a Massive Dig at Lakers’ Forward

Published 10/17/2020, 10:30 AM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) pursues during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers recently won a record-tying 17th NBA championship by beating the Miami Heat in six games. LeBron James took home his fourth finals MVP award and Anthony Davis excelled in his first-ever finals series. But not every Laker lived up to their expectation, as some of them underperformed. 

It’s no secret that LeBron and AD were the Lakers top two performers on the team. However, the third slot remained unfilled and fans wanted Kyle Kuzma to slip into that position. Ex-NBA players even believed Kuzma is tailor-made for the role, but unfortunately, he struggled to rack up the points. 

Kuzma averaged 22.0 minutes a game in the NBA finals, but his numbers are disappointing. The 25-year-old’s 8.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and .5 APG shines a bitter light on his future as a Laker. 

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Sep 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) reaches for the ball on Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the first half in game four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. | Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Owing to this, Shannon Sharpe made a rather bold admission about Kuzma in a recent episode of his show with Skip Bayless. Bayless, as we all know, likes to make controversial statements, but here’s what Sharpe said about Kyle Kuzma: 

“I would trade Kyle Kuzma for a 12-pack of Clorox Wipes and a Tide stain remover pen,” he said. “I’m not pleased with the way he played in the NBA Finals. So he could go and I wouldn’t even bat an eye,” Sharpe added when exploring trade options to bring Chris Paul to the Lakers. 

There’s more anger towards Kuzma for his sub-par finals performance. Fans ever started a petition demanding that the Lakers shouldn’t give him a championship ring. But what does Kuzma have to say about this?  

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma reacts to winning the NBA championship 

Kyle Kuzma is still not over the surreal feeling that he is an NBA champion. For players like Kuzma, winning their maiden ring is a massive sense of accomplishment, a dream come true. He even posted a status about it, mentioning how he’s been waiting for this moment since he was seven years old. 

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Moreover, Kuzma posted a timeline of his challenging journey to the NBA. The young forward did not have an easy route and reminded aspiring ballers to always believe in their dreams! 

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Kyle Kuzma is obviously not going to bat an eye about the hatred directed towards him. The 6’8” forward is a quality player who just needs to fill into the right shoes for him to sustain as a top talent. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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